Reviews of Nsefu
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2 nights at Nsefu
The rondavels felt a little close after Nkwali, but it was fine I soon got used to it. Its nice having the rondavels in a visible line as you got to know whose "home" was where. The room was fine and I liked being able to read just outside my door with a lovely view. The bathroom was a convenient layout. Like all the camps the bedside light was only just suitable for reading at night.
The dining area was fine but meant that only 50% were looking at the view. George had a sensitive attitude to the wildlife. I had my first walk here which was exciting and having tea and cake half way is a wonderful idea although I did feel sorry for the man who carried the water!. The wildlife here did mean having to extract a frog from the lavatory!
Wonderful camp - quieter part of the reserve.
Beautiful camp in a quieter part of the reserve. George's passion and eagerness to share his vast knowledge of the bush was one of the highlights of the holiday.
The routes through the bush are less marked here and Braston and George's driving on the winding tracks and their eagle eyes helped to make my time very memorable. The genuine warmth of the welcome and the thoroughness with which every need is thought about in advance and catered for is remarkable.
Best location of all three camps, smaller but beautiful rooms, well maintained and very clean, no issue with non-mosquito bugs etc. food was excellent too. We had a very special champagne sundowner one evening whilst there watched over by several lions which was the icing on the cake.
My first choice camp to go back to.
Wonderful location, excellent camp.
Hard to fault.
Wasn't sure how much the various guides shared information with each other and all clients would have benefited from better communication between them.
Nsefu - a superb location
As at Nkwali, food was excellent, and we as non-meat eaters were catered for extremely well.
The rooms are rondavels – after Nkwali, they seemed small initially, but we soon got used to this, and Nseful was probably our favourite camp. The setting of Nsefu is exceptional, with spectacular views on the bend of the river. Puku come very close to the front of the rooms, and we regularly watched elephant cross the river.
The dining area has great view across the river. The bar area overlooks a waterhole, and there is also a newly built hide next to this – well worth a visit to see antelope, birds and elephant..
Breakfast is served around a fire on the river bank. On one day we saw lions cross the river, and three of them headed towards the camp and within a few yards of us. One walked up the path alongside the rondavals and into the dining area before leaving. (We felt safe in the company of the guides and other staff!).
Our guides in Nsefu were excellent. On the first night we had George who was brilliant at joining up the experiences and helping us to see how the ecosystem works. For the rest of the time we had Braston; he has great experience at Nsefu and excellent knowledge of the behaviour of the animals generally but also of some of the individual leopards, which led to exceptional viewing. Both guides understood about the importance of light for photography and took this into account where possible when positioning the vehicle. Again, vehicles are open which is great for viewing, and for feeling that you are in the environment.
When on the game drives, we seldom saw any other vehicles – very occasionally one other vehicle from Nsefu itself (for example when seeing lions on a kill). On one drive we visited the salt pans and hot spring to see the crested cranes and a different sort of environment, which we found interesting.
We were impressed that our guides knew that were going bush camping and to Tena Tena and so avoided the area that overlapped with these.
Nsefu, my favourite RPS camp
The location is superb - there is so much happening right at the camp in terms of wildlife! I loved the hide, which gives you brilliant photo opportunities. But was also happy just to sit there with binoculars!
All the guides are pro, respectful of the environment and good fun at the same time. The sightings were magical and exciting.. Wish I had extra time there!
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2nd time at Nsefu
We were here in 2008 after bush walking with Deb Tittle.
This time we took the family with the youngest aged 12. Bradston was our guide and he and the game didn't disappoint. He was very patient and joined in the enthusiasm of the children, particularly when we were on a walk and 2 lions appeared on the plain! After our first night drive we arrived back to find elephants blocking the way to our rooms which added to the excitement! We had a sunrise bush breakfast at the salt pans giving everyone different scenery and a new experience. With the river so low we were able to cross to be transferred to our next camp.
My only slightly negative comment is that for older people it would be nice to have a stool in the room. The only place to sit, once the mosquito nets are drawn, is on the steps leading into the bathroom. However I admit that there is very little room except in the bathroom itself.
Our briefing was poor and we ere not informed that there twas a hide near the bar, but there was a temporary man in charge at the time.
Ultimate Breakfast Experience at Nsefu!
The 180 degree outlook from Nsefu over the river and adjacent pan/waterhole is stunning. You could simply relax here, on your verandah, or in the main communal area and see abundant bird and wildlife. I strongly recommend sacrificing an afternoon siesta and sitting in the adjacent hide with binoculars and camera. Overlooking a pan/dried up lagoon,watching the antics of the baboons alone, make this so worthwhile, but it is abundant with birdlife and frequent visits from antelope and reptiles!
The closer proximity of the huts to one another means there is not such a sense of privacy and isolation compared to other camps, but that is more than compensated for by their unique style and yet again, luxurious fittings and en suite bathrooms. There are no power points in the huts but Merle, the camp host was more than happy to charge up appliances in the main area, whilst the generator was on. Merle was wonderful and I believe instrumental in inspiring some of the most delicious meals we experienced on our trip.
The guiding and wildlife experiences were of the highest standard and George, our guide, organised another of the highlights of our trip, which I cannot recommend highly enough. It means an early start, leaving camp at approx 4.30am. The stars were amazing but warm clothes essential. You drive a fair distance to a vast salt pan with a hot spring from which plumes of steam catch the first rays of sunlight as the sun creeps above the horizon. It is a spectacular sight enhanced by the growing awareness of abundant wildlife/birdlife in this very different environment. Just when things could not possibly get any better, George gets a Mopani wood fire going and conjures up a full English breakfast, with all the trimmings! Perhaps it was all a dream!